Australia Day Australia Day

Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is observed as a public holiday in all States and Territories to enable residents to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's a day to be proud and reflect on what this nation has achieved and re-commit to making an even better place for future generations.

Australia Day Awards

Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, January 25 - 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Each year, Council hosts an Australia Day Awards Presentation Evening, recognising individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community or who have excelled in the sporting or cultural arenas. Residents are encouraged to nominate their local hero.

Nominations are now closed.

Australia Day Family Fun Day

Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day
Each year, residents can celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian on January 26 at the region's major Australia Day Family Fun Day event. The program traditionally includes the national anthem and flag raising and plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family.

In 2017 celebrations will be held at the Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands from 3pm to 7pm, followed by fireworks.

Entertainment highlights
Gladstone Municipal Band
Billy T & the Dampers
Flag raising/national anthem
Easy Tigers

Other Activities
Various food vendors
Free children's rides
Free face painting
Sausage sizzle with 1000 free sausages

Australia Day Regional Community Events

Council-supported Australia Day Community Events
To assist regional communities, Council offers donations to eligible groups to host Australia Day celebrations in their townships. These community events complement Council's main regional event held annually on January 26.

Members of not-for-profit community groups and organisations within the Gladstone Region are invited to apply for a donation to host a public 2017 Australia Day event through Council's Donations Program - Category 3 Regional Event Support Australia Day Event. 

For specific information on Community Donations guidelines and an application form click here.

Applications are encouraged up to close of business on Friday, November 25 and will be assessed according to criteria outlined in Council's Community Donations Policy.

For more information contact Council's Community Donations Officer Janine Sorrensen on 4976 6351 or email